The Wavedrum is now available in a limited-edition black color with a solid-black metallic rim and an exclusive Black Suede™ Remo drum head.
Wavedrum can be used as a stand-alone percussion instrument or integrated into an existing drum kit or percussion rig. Unlike digital trigger-based systems, Wavedrum uses a real drum head as the playing surface. This allows the performer to employ sticks, brushes, mallets and/or traditional hand-drum techniques (mute, slap, bend, etc.) to play with comfort and confidence.
There are actually two playing surfaces on Wavedrum: the head and the rim. Under the head is an audio transducer, similar to a microphone. This transducer drives Wavedrum''s DSP and PCM sound engines. The rim is outfitted with different-sized raised patterns on the left and right sides. In addition to using the rim as a traditional playing surface, rubbing a stick or mallet over these raised patterns can create interesting percussion effect.
By combining 36 advanced DSP synthesis algorithms with 200 PCM samples (100 for the head; 100 for the rim), Wavedrum provides a wide palette of sounds, ranging from traditional drum and percussion instruments to complex synthetic tones and sound effects. Wavedrum also re-creates a vast array of percussion instruments from around the planet, from familiar cajons, congas and tablas to the rare and exotic. These include the udo, a clay pod percussion instrument; the jegog, a bamboo gamelan marimba from the island of Bali; a talking drum from Africa; gongs; and many others. Wavedrum can reproduce stringed instruments such as the sitar, koto and berimbau.
One-hundred preset programs and 100 user programs are stored in memory, with 12 favorites available for instant access. Reverb and delay effects are also onboard.
The Korg Wavedrum Black will be available in November 2010 with U.S. MSRP TBD.